There’s a distinct feeling of spring in the air, so why not kick it off with a song that seems to have little to do with spring. The allegedly unnamed British super group of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong, and Tony Allen (produced by Danger Mouse) formed in 2007 to release the studio album, “The Good, the Bad & the Queen”, for which the band is often mistakenly referred to.
I recall seeing the British super-group perform during a desert wind-storm at Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. Fantastic show – it’s a pity they blew the band up after just one album. But, nothing fortifies the legacy of a band like having a fan base left begging for more.
Enjoy the music!
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the Canadian Invasion of the late 90’s, Broken Social Scene (and several of its core members) had a prolific ten year run that started with their 2002 release “You Forgot it in People”. This song is an old standby for me, and the venue is one of my favorite places in LA. In fact, I may have bought this CD at Amoeba way back in 2005 (CD’s – remember those things???).
This is “7/4 (Shoreline)“, from their 2005 self-titled album. Played live at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
Spoon is one of those bands that’s quietly been so good, it’s easy to forget how long they’ve been around. The Austin, Texas five-piece was cool even before Austin, Texas became a hipster/indie-rock hub.
This is “Inside Out”, performed live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”. Enjoy!
In honor of Chinese New Year and ringing in the “Year of the Sheep”, this week’s Music Monday selection features the instrument most evocative of China: the èrhú. The èrhú is a two-stringed fiddle that has been a staple in Chinese folk music since the 10th Century.
One of the best parts about living in China is going for a stroll in a Chinese park and hearing an èrhú live. This video isn’t quite the same, but pretty darn close. Enjoy!
Besides the title, this song has little to do with China, but it’s a pretty darn fantastic song nonetheless. M. Ward is such an immense talent; it seriously looks like he was born with a guitar in his hand.
This is M. Ward performing “Chinese Translation” live in the Bing Lounge.
Forget the coffee – here’s your Monday morning ‘pick-me-up’. Equally haunting, melodic, and sonorous – the vocal range by lead singer Florence Welch is astonishing.
This is “Dog Days Are Over”, by Florence and the Machine, live on the BBC.
Maybe I’m a little late to the party on this one (cut me some slack, I live in China), but does anyone else think these guys sound like Bruce Springsteen? I know, it’s always risky when making comparisons to a legend like the Boss, but c’mon – they’re from Philly, he’s from Jersey….it’s not too big of a stretch, is it?
Disclaimer: You can’t get angry about this post if you haven’t purchased any new music since Brothers in Arms
This is The War on Drugs, performing “Red Eyes” in Barcelona, Spain. From their 2014 album, “Lost in the Dream”. Enjoy!